Sometimes Mama’s Home Remedy Works the Best

I had never known a summer could be so hot. That summer, I thought that if heat could kill a person, I would die.  I wasn’t from Southside Virginia, and I wasn’t used to the temperatures and humidity in this part of the country. I’d come to work as the nurse at Camp Staunton Meadows for the summer and was unprepared for the blistering temperatures. Somehow, I survived. So did the campers. Many years later, … Read more

Why the Lights Should Be Left On

  More than one hundred years ago, a ship tried to enter the Cleveland harbor during a severe storm. The captain of the ship could see the bright light of the lighthouse in the harbor, but he couldn’t see the lower lights.  Yet those lower lights were necessary for captains to navigate their way into the harbor. Ships identified that center line for safe entry into a harbor by those lower lights. Without those lights, … Read more

Southern Sweet Tea

  Confessions first.  I was bred and born in the north, very near the Mason-Dixon line.  We grew up drinking water and Kool-aid in the summer and hot chocolate in the winter.  This past year marked thirty years of marriage, which means I’ve now lived more years in the south than in the north.  I do make Sweet Tea, even though it’s taken me a long time to overlook the amount of sugar in each … Read more

Freedom is a Choice

In my younger days, I didn’t understand the freedom of choice. In my younger days, I wasn’t good at the “like water on a duck’s back” thing. But then, I wasn’t a duck. I’m still not a duck, but I’ve learned to quack less and just let the water run off instead of splashing and gnashing as human nature tempts me to do. Ducks are good at that. Their feathers are designed to shed water … Read more